The European Commission will launch soon a call for tenders for a service contract of a maximum value of 90 000,00 EUR. Mobile satellite services (MSS) are services provided by a satellite system which communicates with portable terminals on the ground, which can be carried by a person or mounted on a car or ship (study reference SMART 2016/0097).

Complementary ground components (CGC) of mobile satellite systems are ground-based stations used at fixed locations, in order to improve the availability of MSS in geographical areas within the footprint of the system’s satellite(s), where communications with one or more space stations cannot be ensured with the required quality.

Following the adoption by the European Parliament and the Council on 30 June 2008 of Decision No 626/2008/EC on the selection and authorisation of systems providing mobile satellite services (MSS), an EU procedure for the common selection of operators of mobile satellite systems that use the 2 GHz frequency band was launched by a call for applications in August of the same year and was completed on 13 May 2009 by Commission Decision 2009/449/EC on the selection of operators of pan-European systems providing mobile satellite services (MSS). The two selected operators are Inmarsat Ventures Limited and Solaris Mobile Limited renamed EchoStar Mobile Limited in early 2015.

The purpose of this call for tenders is to select a contractor which will have to make an inventory of the regulatory state of play as regards MSS/CGC authorisations across the EU in order to evaluate the progress in the implementation, at national level, of the MSS initiative achieved in eight years following the Commission Selection Decision. It should also help the Commission coordinate the discussions with Member States on any situation of alleged breach of the common conditions attached to authorisations.

In particular, the study is expected to collect comprehensive and systemised information on

  1. the MSS (satellite component) and CGC authorisation regimes put in place or still envisaged by the Member States;
  2. the actual MSS and CGC authorisations issued to the selected operators by the relevant authorities of the Member States;
  3. national enforcement rules applicable to the MSS and CGC authorisations including specific remedies adopted in case the selected operators failed to comply with any conditions attached to their authorisations or with payments of any authorisation and or/usage fees and charges, as required by laws of the respective Member States; and
  4. the development of the markets for mobile satellite services at Member State level, with a particular view to establishing the availability of cross-border offerings.

    The study shall cover all the 28 Member States of the European Union. Relevant international developments in the field of MSS authorisations should be incorporated as relevant.

    Interested economic operators can express their interest to participate in the call for tender until 18/09/2017 in writing to

    No evaluation is performed at this stage. All the economic operators who have expressed their interest to participate in this procurement procedure within the above-mentioned deadline will be subsequently invited to submit a tender. The contracting authority reserves the right to also invite economic operators not included in the list of interested economic operators who responded to this ex-ante advertisement.

    An economic operator may consider submitting a tender as a single entity or in collaboration with other service providers: either by submitting a joint tender with (a) partner(s) (assuming joint and several liability towards the contracting authority for the performance of the contract) and/or through subcontracting. In case of a joint tender with (a) partner(s), all partners must be identified in the expression of interest and cannot be modified at a further stage of the procurement procedure.

    Only the candidates invited by the contracting authority to participate in this procurement procedure will be admissible.

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    For the purpose of this ex-ante advertisement, the Data Controller shall be the Head of the Unit "Budget and Finance", Directorate "Resources and Support", Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. Any queries concerning the processing of personal data of the Candidate can be addressed to the data controller by using the e-mail address mentioned under Point "Purpose of this call for tenders" of the present ex-ante advertisement and by indicating the reference of the ex-ante advertisement.



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